May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month
This year 77,000 Americans will learn they have malignant melanoma, a much-dreaded disease.
It's a condition that's been linked to excessive sun exposure. Indoor tanning beds are a big concern too. People who use these devices have a 59 percent greater risk of melanoma, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
This is one reason several states have passed bills banning the use of sunbeds for teenagers.
The general public is urged to limit sun exposure, even though we need sunlight to stay healthy. This is how our body is able to manufacture Vitamin D, which is necessary for our immune systems to properly function.
Because of the fears of melanoma, some alternative medicine doctors believe we're setting ourselves up for additional problems, such as other types of cancers and degenerative conditions such as multiple sclerosis, which can be triggered by having low blood levels of Vitamin D.
However, people are rightly terrified of melanoma. If it's not found early, it can spread. Once it moves beyond its original site, the outcome is usually fatal, because standard medicine offers no cure.
Surgical cures are possible if the tumor is spotted early. That's why early detection of this highly visible cancer is very important.
Only 16 percent of people with advanced melanoma, in distant parts of the body, are alive five years later. And, if they're still living, chances are they are very sick.
Conventional treatments such as chemotherapy and immunotherapy don't eradicate the disease. One commonly used drug called Ipilimumab, a monoclonal antibody, kicks the immune system into high gear and it may extend the lives of some patients for a few months. However, this could prove fatal if the immune system begins to attack the body's vital organs, along with the melanoma.
So, What About Non-Toxic Cancer Treatments?
Wouldn't it be nice if a safe, non-toxic and gentle treatment existed for malignant melanoma and for all other types of cancer? Or is this just a fantasy? Wouldn't such a scenario be years, if not decades, away?
Maybe not. In order to make progress against this deadly disease, often linked to too much sun, we might need to return to the past. An apparent cure for this type of tumor, as well as others, apparently did exist at one time.
A Romanian-born physician named Dr. Emanuel Revici successfully treated hundreds of patients with all types of cancer. The treatment he used was similar, regardless of a tumor's location or the type of malignancy. That's because he believed all cancer cells were identical. Rather, it was the tissue in which they grew that was the distinguishing factor.
Dr. Revici, who died in 1998, had a medical clinic in New York City called Revici Biological Research, Inc. To say that his work wasn't welcomed by the mainstream medical establishment is an understatement. Actually, he was treated very poorly by his colleagues. Because of ongoing persecution, his license to practice medicine was pulled. This was very unfortunate, both for him and for the rest of humanity.
That's because Dr. Revici, by any measure, found a real break-through in the treatment of cancer, including "terminal" cancers, which he often reversed.
The Story of Kelley Eidem
William Kelley Eidem is a writer who got to know Dr. Revici while working on a book, titled, The Doctor Who Cures Cancer. This isa story of the life of Dr. Revici, as well as patient case histories and other details of his work.
Years after finishing the book, Eidem developed a very fast-growing cancer that he successfully treated himself, incorporating Dr. Revici's principles.
Eidem is very generous with his knowledge and he now counsels other terminal cancer patients, while being careful not to dispense medical advice for any particular problem.
So is there hope for stage IV cancer patients whom conventional oncologists have given up on? Perhaps, if we look to the past we can finally move ahead.
This article is not intended as medical advice or for diagnostic purposes. People with health concerns should discuss them with a licensed professional. The author accepts no responsibility for treatment decisions.